UK-based vehicle manufacturer Jankel has started high volume production of Belgium’s Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) after passing the preliminary technical acceptance milestone.
The LTTV program will deliver 199 of the Mercedes UNIMOG based vehicles to the Belgian defense ministry across the first quarters of 2022.
The LTTV order follows the earlier production contract to supply the BeMOD with over 100 Fox rapid reaction vehicles (RRV), based on a modified COTS Toyota chassis system.
Unveiled at DSEi in September 2019, Jankel’s LTTV is designed to provide a modular and configurable tactical support vehicle that benefits from removable mission modules that enable the vehicle to be re-roled for operational platform versatility.
With a payload of over 3 tons, dependent on the final vehicle specification, the LTTV has 3 core variants for special operations support, including an ambulance variant. In addition to a roll-over-protection-system (ROPS), weapon mounts and communications fit, the platform will also provide full interoperability with the Fox fleet of tactical vehicles.
“I am very proud indeed of my team for having achieved this significant project milestone with our client, the Belgium MOD. Achieving PTA allows us to progress into a production program that will see us delivering 199 LTTVs,” Andrew Jankel, Chairman at Jankel said.
In addition to the LTTV, Belgium is also buying the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) as its new “Commando and Liaison Vehicles.”
The 322 JLTVs ordered in 2020 will replace the Iveco Lynx armored vehicles under a plan unveiled in 2019. The new CLV, which will start deliveries in 2023, will significantly increase occupant protection and equip Defense with vehicles adapted to current and future threats during their deployment.